10 Interesting Facts About United Kingdom

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10 Amazing, Fun & Interesting Facts About United Kingdom

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United Kingdom, officially known as United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a sovereign state located at north-west Europe. United Kingdom has four countries:  England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Let us know some interesting facts about United Kingdom

Interesting Facts About United Kingdom

#1: Drink Drink

  • London has the credit for the first hot chocolate store ever opened.
  • The English drink the most tea in the world.
  • It is against the law to get drunk in a pub in England.
  • In Scotland, it is against the law to get drunk and possess a cow.

 

#2: Name Forms

  • The conventional long form of the United Kingdom is United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Great Britain includes England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Many people use just the abbreviation UK.
  • The conventional short form is the United Kingdom.

 

#3: Landscape

  • UK mostly has knife edge ridges and high grounds with valleys in between. Thick glaciers from the Ice age are responsible for such a terrain.
  • Almost 75% of the land in the UK is taken for farming.
  • The highest point is Ben Navis at 1,343 m and the lowest point is -4m at The Fens.

 

#4: Firsts

  • The United Kingdom happens to be the first industrialized country in the World.
  • Polo, soccer and Rugby were introduced to the world by the UK.
  • The British invented the world’s earliest railways.
  • John Walker invented the matches in 1827. He was British.

 

#5: Famous Architecture

  • The Buckingham Palace has its own police station.
  • The largest Royal home is the Windsor castle.
  • Big Ben refers to the bell and not the clock.
  • There are 28 world heritage sites in the UK and 4 in London. These include The west minister palace, The tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Kew Botanical gardens. These interesting facts about United Kingdom Architecture are are really exciting.

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#6: Tube & The Underground

  • In all of Western Europe, Angel tube station has the longest escalator.
  • About 409 escalators are there in the subways.
  • London bags the first place to have an underground subway system.
  • The tube route from Leicester Square to Covent Garden can be covered quicker on foot.  However this seems to be the most popular route tourists take.
  • The tube route also happens to be the costliest and unreliable.

 

#7: Artists

  • Nelson Mandela called the spice girls his heroes when he met them.
  • The Beatles originally called themselves the Blackjacks and then the Quarrymen.
  • There is no portrait of William shakespeare painted, when he was alive.
  • To make a billion dollars from writing books has been achieved by JK Rowling.
  • From Canterbury to London, the bus route that Ian Flemming took inspired the 007 for James Bond.

 

#8: Bridges

  • According to history, the London Bridge had indeed fallen down according to the old rhyme, when the Saxons had torn it down using ropes and boats.
  • The Thames has over 200 bridges and tunnels along its course.

 

#9: Animals

There are some interesting facts about United Kingdom related to animals:

  • In Medieval England, animals were tried for their crimes and even punished for them.
  • Pygg meant clay in Olden days. People stored their coins in these clay jars which later evolved to piggy banks.
  • The Mute swans are officially owned by the Queen.
  • The driver of the vehicle who kills a deer cannot eat it, but the person sitting beside can do so.
  • The chickens outnumber the humans in UK.

 

#10: Post

  • The United Kingdom is the only union to not have its name on post.
  • To paste a stamp that has the Monarch’s face upside down is considered treason.
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